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October 31, 2003 | Peter Nicholas and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Arnold Schwarzenegger won the recall race as a fiscal conservative determined to roll back the car tax rate, resist new taxes and cap state spending. With much of Southern California afire, firefighters stretched thin and thousands of people left homeless, the governor-elect's promises will face an early test. Various state and local officials want Schwarzenegger to preserve the car tax rate that tripled under Gov.
October 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Drivers in the San Joaquin Valley will have to pay an additional $1 fee when they register their vehicles as of Jan. 1 to help cover costs of air pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District voted Thursday to approve the fee hike, expected to raise as much as $2.38 million annually.
October 10, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
With a snap of his fingers, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger can roll back state vehicle license fees the instant he takes office. But if challenged in court, he would have to prove that California can afford it -- and that may not be so simple. State officials have at times vacillated over whether Schwarzenegger would have the power to void the car tax increase. This week they were more firm.
October 5, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
A new California governor probably could not rescind a recent tripling of the car tax within hours of taking office, experts say, contrary to repeated claims by two leading candidates in the recall election. There is a range of obstacles, including the question of whether state law permits lowering the tax and how to replace billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to government officials and outside experts. For months, recall candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen.
September 29, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
With the recall election less than 10 days away, car-obsessed Californians will be required to pay as much as three times more to license their vehicles, starting this week. The increase will ensure that Californians pay among the highest car taxes in the country. And that has Pasadena resident Percy Kosoi fuming. "It's ridiculous," Kosoi said. "If you're going to raise it, raise it a little, but don't triple it."
September 25, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
California's finance director says the state mistakenly sent Orange County about $20 million in vehicle license fees that should have been withheld because of the state's budget deficit. He wants the money back. But Orange County officials say they may be entitled to the money and don't plan to send it back to Sacramento.
September 17, 2003 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
My recent column about California residents breaking the law by registering their vehicles out of state to save money drew heated responses from readers and requests for information on how to report these scofflaws to authorities. Many of the two dozen-plus e-mails about the column came from readers angry at residents who are cheating the state out of registration fees at a time of budget woes.
August 12, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Democratic lawmakers said Monday they hope to introduce a bill next week that would undo the recently approved tripling of car and truck registration fees and make up the $4 billion in lost revenue with higher taxes on wealthy people and cigarettes. If successful, the legislation would dismantle an unpopular fee hike -- one that was a major impetus behind the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis -- and replace it with taxes that Democrats believe would be more politically acceptable.
July 12, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge said Friday that he is leaning toward supporting the DMV's conclusion that an Orange man should pay the higher commercial fees for his 57-foot motor home. Superior Court Judge David A. Thompson said he will announce his ruling in the next few days on Angelo "Chuck" Emanuele's $180,000 Atlantic Star recreational vehicle. Two years ago, Emanuele bought a Kenworth cab with attached living quarters and added a 40-foot recreational trailer.
July 2, 2003 | Evan Halper and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
SACRAMENTO -- As California entered the new fiscal year without a budget or any plan to climb out of its multibillion-dollar budget hole, Republican legislators went to court Tuesday to dismantle the tripling of the car tax ordered by the Davis administration and set to take effect in October. State employees, meanwhile, balked at the governor's plea for 180,000 of them to give back raises of up to 7% that were negotiated last year and take effect today.
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